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What does it mean to belong?

It not only is the feeling of happiness or comfort in being part of a group that welcomes and accepts you, but it is also one of humanity's most basic needs. You've probably heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which includes belonging as a key part of meeting one's psychological requirements to be mentally, emotionally, and socially healthy and happy.

Belonging is also the intersection of DEI and engagement as it is integral in both areas to be successful. 

A triangle divided up into different sections of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs: self actualization, self esteem, love and belonging, safety and security, and physiological needs.


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